Small Voter Turnout Expected for Aug. 5 Primary Election in St. Louis City

Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It looks like a small fraction of St. Louis city residents will be deciding the issues on next week’s primary ballot.

Officials with the St. Louis election board are running their final tests on the voting machines that will be distributed to polling places for next Tuesday’s vote, and deputy director Ken Franklin was asked about the expected turnout.

“15 to 21 percent, just based on the primaries,” he says. “These elections typically don’t have the volume of a November election, which have a higher turnout.”

Franklin says they continue working to make sure casting a ballot is not a time-consuming process.

“This year, some of the wards will actually have check-in processes with the poll pads, so that will be interesting,” he says. “So, getting through the line hopefully will be much quicker.”

In addition to a Congressional race, several statewide offices, and proposed constitutional amendments, St. Louis city voters will also decides nominees for license collector, recorder of deeds and collector of revenue.

The primary is on August 5.

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